Term Kinship Navigator Programs
Code PH-2400.4000
Definition Programs that support the ability of kinship caregivers to assure the safety and healthy development of children and youth and help to prevent unnecessary entries into foster care. Kinship caregivers often experience significant challenges and barriers to maintaining their caretaking role including difficulty finding affordable child care and housing, applying for public assistance, or facing challenging family dynamics. Kinship navigators assist kinship caregivers in learning about and accessing programs and resources to meet the needs of the children they are raising, provide help for the family as a whole to safeguard stability, and promote partnerships among public and private agencies. Kinship navigator programs are not intended to provide the services needed by kinship families; rather, they aim to improve caregivers' knowledge of services and assist them in being able to identify and access the services they need.
Created 11/3/20
Changed 11/19/20
Use References Custodial Grandparent Navigator Programs
Grandparent Navigator Programs
Kinship Caregiver Navigator Programs
Relative Caregiver Navigator Programs
See Also References Adoption and Foster/Kinship Care Support Groups (PN-8100.6500-030)
Kinship Adoption (PH-0300.8100-400)
Kinship Care (PH-6300.3500)
Kinship Care Subsidy Programs (NL-3000.3500)
External Classification Terms Family Community Support (ACH H-01)
Individual, Family and Community Support (AIRS IF-330)
Individual/Family Services (CAN IF-330)
Personal Social Services (NTE P50)
Personal Social Services (NPC P05)
Related Concepts Caregivers
Children and Youth
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Children's Bureau Grantee Synthesis: Kinship Navigator Programs", section titled "What are Kinship Navigator Programs?", U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Childrens Bureau website, https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/kinshipnavigator.pdf

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